2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5 from North America
2 front rotors (rusted from sitting).
2 front tires.
Shifter set screw came loose; needed re-tightening.
Front Chevy emblem had water damage and was replaced.
I just bought this car a few months ago for $5500, including all the work needed. Having a good/honest and fair priced dealership, and a local mechanic, helps too.
It's my first car, and other than needing the usual stuff, so far it's been good to me.
It has a few issues (all older cars do) : surging transmission shifts while feathering the throttle (maybe time for a trans fluid change?), the steering column "creak" at low speed turns/bumps, soft suspension (car picks up every bump or dip in the road, making the ride slightly harsh on old pavement/roads) and the signal light not clicking off all the time.
I get 32.7 mpg in 50/50 driving, which is pretty good for a 6 year old car.
Malibu's get a bad rap from the previous gen model (friend of mine has a 2002), 2004-up are actually stylish, well built and fairly dependable cars.
I get comments from people who think the car is brand new.
I plan to keep mine for a long time. Like my father before me, I'm a loyal GM man for life...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd June, 2010